Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Piper's Pit goes primetime! (All Star Rock 'N' Wrestling Saturday Spectacular, 1985)

CBS' Saturday morning Fall Preview special for 1985 put a heavy emphasis on what was the crown jewel of the class of '85, that being Hulk Hogan's Rock 'N' Wrestling.

Rowdy Roddy Piper "took over" the show as host, creating an extra long version of his increasingly popular Piper's Pit, since the set was modeled as a larger scale version of the Pit set on wrestling programming. Musical guests Patti LaBelle & New Edition are joined by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Herve Villachaize, and much more.

The Kroffts were responsible for this hour-long special, in conjunction with Cyndi Lauper's production company, which she formed with then-manager/beau Dave Wolf.

At the time, the tradition had been for half-hour preview specials, but someone sold CBS on the idea that this would work better in an hour format. Radio personality Scott Osborne is the street reporter at the start, and Hogan appeared via satellite for reasons known only to him, it'd seem.

I didn't see this in '85, nor would I care to now. It was, after all, a harbinger of things to come. No rating.

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